Here is an easy Instant Pot scalloped potatoes recipe you can use as the perfect cheesy side dish for the holidays or year round with dinner. Make in your Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express pot sliced or steam petite potatoes with our sauce at the end and enjoy that way.
The holidays are approaching and we’ve been working on a lot of easy Instant Pot recipes around here to serve along side your main dish! These Instant Pot scalloped potatoes are always a must during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. (updated 1/20, affiliate links present)
Ninja Foodi Scalloped Potatoes
A quick and easy potato dish with layers upon layers of cheesy goodness. Making it this way you’ll be able to free up your oven by cooking them in your multi cooker pressure cooker this year. 😉 Make it in your IP, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi too.
Since there are so many goodies we even created a post on Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes which applies to Christmas Day as well and has all our recipes for the holidays there, including this one.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
Instant Pot scalloped potatoes
So we call these Instant Pot scalloped potatoes but you might know them as au gratin potatoes, same difference really. You can make this for the holidays or add diced leftovers in it after that day to make a ham and potatoes dish.
- This 1.5 quart glass bowl – if you have an 8 quart you could use a bit larger bowl
- Sliced potatoes – we like Yellow Gold yellow potatoes, they have a more buttery flavor
- Cheddar cheese – to make cheese sauce, lots of it, any variety but I would include at least half of it being sharp cheddar
- Chicken broth – don’t skip and use water, this is much better
- Salt and pepper
- Whole fat milk – way better than reduced fat
This does need to be a pot in pot dish to turn out right and not burn on the bottom. If you want to make slow cooker scalloped potatoes we have that too but it takes a lot longer, take your pick.
Pressure cooker scalloped potatoes
Why I love cooking in my pressure cooker
- During the holidays the oven is always full, usually too full to allow everything to get done at the same time, using your Instant Pot to cook 1 or more dishes frees your oven up
- Some of your favorite Thanksgiving sides now can be cooked and kept warm for quite some time in your Instant Pot. Just set it on warm when it’s done and take out when everything is ready
AND many main dishes can be cooked in a fraction of the time like we did with this Instant Pot ham recently.
Cheesy Potatoes in Instant Pot
See…..gooey and cheesy when it’s done just like you love them! Now there are a few ways to brown these on top.
- For Instant Pots you can buy a CrispLid which turns your Instant Pot into an air fryer. Then just set to 400 for a few minutes.
- If you’re making Ninja Foodi scalloped potatoes you can just use your crisp lid.
- Keep the contents in your oven safe dish, then put under your broiler for a few minutes to brown the top.
Just cut the potatoes pretty thin and you’re going to layer the roux you’re going to make with half your cheese, then remaining cheese goes on the very top.
Cooking timing works well with Yukon Gold potatoes, russet may take a wee bit longer. Quick release is not best as you want potatoes to be very tender.
- Once the pot comes to pressure it will only take 4 minutes of cook time, and 10 min. natural release.
Scalloped Potatoes in Ninja Foodi
After you try these, or if you’re looking for more Instant Pot Thanksgiving side dishes we have some more!
- Instant Pot stuffing
- The best Instant Pot cranberry sauce – seriously cooks in 1 minute
- Holiday Instant Pot corn casserole – comes out so pretty in a bundt too!
- Try this Instant Pot cheesecake for dessert
Add an additional 1/2 cup of cheese on top before you brown it to create a really ooey gooey dish. Here’s the printable recipe for Instant Pot au gratin potatoes.
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Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2.5 tbsp flour all purpose
- 1.5 c milk whole milk
- 4 medium potatoes peeled, sliced into 1/16" pieces, we used Yukon Gold
- 2 c cheese white cheddar, shredded, 1/2 c reserved for top
- 1/4 c chicken broth or vegetable broth, or water, optional if you want to thin sauce out
- Peel and slice potatoes, use mandolin slicer for best results to make them thin and all the same thickness. 1/16" is best.
- In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt, pepper until well combined and smooth. Add melted butter and then whisk in milk and broth until there are no lumps.
- In a bowl that fits inside your pressure cooker begin layering the ingredients. Start with a bit of broth mixture, then potatoes, liquid mixture, then cheese and keep repeating these layers until you've reached almost to the top. (leave a bit of room for bubbling when cooking). The top layer should be just potatoes.
- Pour 1.5 c water into the inner pot of your pressure cooker and lower down a trivet. Lower bowl on to trivet. Close lid and steam valve.
- Set to high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow to naturally release steam for 10 minutes when done, then release rest quickly.
- If you want top an ooey gooey cheesiness top with remaining 1/2 c of cheese set aside and:
- Put under your broiler for a few minutes to crisp top. Close Ninja Foodi air crisp lid if you have that machine and set to 400 degrees for a few minutes to crisp, or use CrispLid at 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes or until browned.
Saturday 19th of February 2022
Wow, where is all this anger coming from?! Very disappointed with those who are getting a free recipe and complaining? Read the instructions, carefully. I had absolutely no issues making these Scalloped potatoes. You use a BOWL not a springform pan, which surely will leak with the amount of liquid and cook time. Instructions state leave the bowl on Keep Warm for 10 minutes, and then sit before serving. I leave my bowl sitting in the liner for 20 minutes to meld the flavors, and then remove. Leave sitting on counter for an added 10 minutes. I add more spices, nutmeg, smoked paprika and tarragon, plus use chicken broth as the bottom liner liquid. Best tasting and easiest recipe.
The Typical Mom
Monday 21st of February 2022
Thank you for that and glad it was a hit
Thursday 11th of November 2021
Nope. Way too much liquid. I followed to the letter and have soup. I can fix it but not for dinner tonight! Ugh!
Thursday 5th of November 2020
This recipe was amazing last night. It’s def a “keeper” in my kitchen! I’m not understanding why some commentators had so much confusion! I found your recipe easy to follow! Love the addition of cheese too! But I did add an extra potato as I needed to use them up!
Thursday 17th of March 2022
@The Typical Mom, I wondered if this would work without the cheese?
The Typical Mom
Friday 6th of November 2020
OH good glad it was a hit!
Sunday 16th of August 2020
This recipe directions is very confusing regarding cooking times. One place says 4 minutes and ten minute quick release and then another place says 24 minutes with 10 quick release. Very frustrating for sure! Also page talks about other methods of cooking. Well, I am only looking for Insta pot cooking. also the blog is annoying. Just get to the recipe. The pop ups are the worst!
Praying the recipe works, at this point I am ready to toss it all out.
Friday 11th of December 2020
You sound like a real joy to live with.
Sunday 12th of April 2020
This recipe did not work for me at all. Followed the directions and was left with potato soup when it was finished. Had to find an alternative for Easter dinner.